Claire Waters is a ceramic artist who draws inspiration from ancient art, craft and ornament, as well as plant and animal life. Her work is hand built and includes both sculptural and ornamental as well as functional objects. An avid experimenter in the medium, she uses inclusions such paper, fabric, plant matter and animal dung, which burn away in the firing process. More recently, she employs digital imagery and text in a transfer process directly onto clay. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Johannesburg, she ran her own graphic design business for 20 years before practicing as an artist full time. With no formal training, her career prior to 2010 spanned many disciplines in the creative industry including illustration, stencil cutting, silkscreen printing, embroidery design, technical drawing, and finally computer aided design and graphic design. Until recently her studio base was at Twilsharp Studios, Bertrams. Skilled in painting and drawing, her practice often overlaps - with hand drawn elements becoming transfers on clay or her own vessels appearing in paintings and mixed media artworks on paper. Conceptually, she is interested in the ways in which culture converges with the natural world. The plight of our planet and human tolerance and responsibility in cohabiting with our nonhuman fellows is a major focus. Since 2013 she has won awards at Ceramics South Africa regional and national exhibitions, and her work has been collected by the William Humphreys Museum, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum and the Corobrik Collection. She has exhibited in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York.
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